Bellies Up Against The Wall

The New Westminster Salmonbellies came out in Game Three of the 2008u Mann Cup and played the first period like a team that only lost one game all season, including the playoffs. The problem is that it still was not enough at the end, as they find themselves down 3-0 after dropping a 7-3 decision Monday night.

The Bellies controlled the first period, dominating almost the entire frame. Colin Doyle opened the scoring for Brampton before three straight goals by New West.  Peter Morgan scored to tie the game on a low shot short side on Anthony Cosmo.  Tyler Crompton made it 2-1 shortly after and New West seemed to have their game legs on the night. Crompton would score his second of the period, allowing New West to take a 3-1 lead to the locker room after one.

Unfortunately, for the Champions of the West that would be it for the scoring for them on the night. In the second period, controversy arose when Colin Doyle, on a 4 minute Power Play, took a back handed shot that hit a New West defender in the helmet. The shot clock at the time was down to roughly 3 seconds, and was reset, the operator thinking it had hit goalie Tyler Richards. The New West bench and players on the floor immediatley protested, but play was allowed to continue. Roughly 10 seconds later, Dan Dawson took a cross floor pass from Josh Sanderson and scored cutting the lead to 3-2. Less than a minute and a half after his goal, Sanderson would then score another Power Play goal, Dawson returning the favour setting him up. The score after two periods was 3-3.

Just as I was mentioning in our webcast that New West had appeared to drop the monkey they had on their backs in games one and two, it happened again, this time in the third period. Two goals less than a minute apart by Patrick Merrill and Colin Doyle, and then two more in less than thirty seconds by Brodie Merrill and Blaine Manning blew the game open for Brampton. The final ended 7-3 and allowed the Excelsiors to take a stranglehold on the series.

We mentioned that only one team in Mann Cup history, the 1985 Brooklin Redmen, have come back from a 3-0 defecit to win the Championship. So it can be done, but will it? Many New West fans I’m sure hope so.

Mann Cup Stats After Three Games

Wamp and I did a live webcast, and although we had a few technical problems, it went fairly well. The videos were recorded for anyone that did not see the game or wants to after the fact. Simply click the links below to see the game (I did place them in order):

Period 1 – File 1
Period 1 – File 2
Period 2
Period 3 – File 1
Period 3 – File 2
Period 3 – File 3
Period 3 – File 4



  1. Wamp,want to thank you for this site.Unfortunately here in New Westminster the papers are brutal,very little coverage,only the scores.Ofcourse our main papers are the Vancouver Sun and the Province Newspaper which have said basicallly nothing.Its a shame in this day and age the Mann Cup gets no ink.My buddy Al Lewthwaite,the best all around player I’ve played with or seen play,told me about this site.Good job Wamp.

  2. Ed: Thanks for the compliment but the site really is Marksey’s, he’s the technical guru who planned the whole thing. I’m just the statistician/historian guy like Stan Shillington. My site is the BIBLE which can be reached presently at ‘’.

    I can remember back when you, your brother, Ken Winzoski, Randjit Dillon and the other Bellies would come into the Oshawa Civic Auditorium and help fill the building to the rafters in the mid sixties. Was it Jimmy Higgs that hit your brother? Do you remember the year?

    The important thing is that you enjoyed the broadcast and enjoy this site. maybe next summer Marksy and I can fly out to Queen’s Park Arena where the sound of hoofs of players behind you fill that marvelous old building in the arena that to me is the meca of all lacrosse.


  3. Sorry but I have no memory of that hit.I do remember my first and only year I played in Oshawa was 1967 and we gave that Ontario allstar team a run but lost in 6.I played against them at Queens Park in my rookie year 1966 and 1968.Same results.When you mention Rangit Dillon your probably thinking 1965.I had another brother,Rob was on that team and Wayne was a rookie.Rangit was a pickup from Victoria.That 1965 series may have been where that hit you were talking about happened.I’ll ask my brothers but I wouldn’t doubt it would be Jim Higgs.He was a very good,hard checker.I’ll check out your site,Bible of lacrosse .Keep up the good work and we’ll see you in New Westminster next year.I doubt it but maybe Brampton will keep there team together and be ther.I know Bellies will want some redemptsion.Also will be a year older,which is good for them but a year older bad for Brampton.Doyle and Dawson aging

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